Boarding The Ferry

Vehicle Information

All Sizes Welcomed

The Cape May-Lewes Ferry can accommodate approximately 100 standard sized vehicles per crossing. Vehicles range from bicycles walked on board to cars, SUVs, motorcycles, RVs, tour buses and large tractor trailers carrying interstate cargo. Regardless of the size of your wheels, we look forward to welcoming you aboard. Check out our Pinterest Board Cool & Colorful Wheels to see some of the more unusual vehicles we've welcomed aboard!

When You Drive To The Ferry...

Upon arrival at either Ferry terminal, you will drive up to the toll lanes to have tickets issued. Reservation confirmations are presented to the toll operator and exchanged for tickets. If you don't have a reservation, tickets can be purchased at this time if space is available. At the tolls, you'll be instructed to drive to a numbered lane in the staging lot. An officer will ask to scan your ticket and your vehicle will be inspected by the security team. You may then park and enjoy amenities inside the terminal, or remain with your vehicle.

Approximately 20 minutes before a scheduled departure, boarding announcements will be made, and drivers and passengers are asked to return to the their vehicles. The crew then direct you on to the boat, where you will park your vehicle, turn it off, disable security alarms, and have the option to stay with your vehicle or enjoy the amenities (bars, food, tvs, and comfortable chairs) on the second and third decks of the ferries. For more information regarding boarding and boarding procedures, please review our Frequently Asked Questions page on this site. 

All vehicles are driven or walked on (bicycles) via ramps, and then parked or positioned on the main car deck, the lowest deck on the Ferry. If you have special needs, arrangements can be made for Ferry staff to drive your car on board for you while you or those in your party take elevators to passenger decks. 


Vehicle fares are broken into categories by total length of vehicle, and vary seasonally. Vehicle fares do not include the driver or additional passengers. The one exception is bicycles, where the rider pays a foot passenger fare and the bicyle is free. Additional travelers in or on a vehicle are also ticketed and incur passenger fares. Prices vary by season and fare discounts are available for seniors (age 62 and older), military, and AAA members.

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